NR. 4/2017 - 22nd of December 2017
- IMER news
- Post doc possibility
- Upcoming IMER lunch seminars
- New publications
- Conference on the future of migration research at UiB
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NEW PhD CANDIDATES AND NEW PROJECTS AT IMER BERGEN
In recent weeks, new PhD candidates have been employed in projects that are connected to researchers in IMER Bergen. A large new research projects is the IMEX project, Imagining and experiencing 'the refugee crisis'. This project is led by Susanne Bygnes from IMER Bergen, who received funding for the project from the Research Council of Norway. More information about the project can be found here.
The IMEX project has recently employed Amany Selim as a PhD candidate in the project. She will work on political mobilisation in the recent Syrian diaspora in selected European countries, using ethnographic fieldwork and interviews.
At the Faculty of Law at UiB, Andrea Grønningsæter has been employed as a PhD candidate. She will explore questions related to sexual orientation as a reason for being granted asylum in Norway.
POST DOC POSSIBILITY AT IMER BERGEN
The IMEX project, headed by Susanne Bygnes, is looking for a post. doc. researcher from abroad through the Marie Curie program. The application deadline is the 2nd of February 2018. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to "design and carry out a research project that focuses on the interfaces between refugees and majority populations by focusing on for example neighborhood relations or mobilization efforts in countries such as Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Italy or Greece". Tentative information can be found here. More information will come in January.
UPCOMING IMER LUNCH SEMINARS
16. JANUAR: BIRTHDAY PARTIES AS A TEST OF BELONGING IN NORWAY
Building on fieldwork from Bergen, Hilde Danielsen from Uni Research Rokkansenteret starts off the lunch seminar series in 2018 by giving a presentation about the symbolic value of birthday parties in contemporary Norway. Danielsen argues that birthday celebrations have become more than a private family matter, and are increasingly seen as a socially charged question in Norwegian society. Many parents with and without migration background, as well as teachers and other actors, claim that birthday parties have the potential to create social inclusion. They are especially concerned that children with migrant background should celebrate and attend. Celebrating birthdays has seemingly become one of the litmus tests of whether an immigrant individual or an immigrant group is integrated in Norwegian society.
20. FEBRUARY: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. THE PERILS OF REPRESENTING MUSLIMS IN NORWAY
How do representatives of Muslims in Norway navigate between the demands of the authorities, the media, and their Muslim constituents? How do these tensions influence their decision making and their political positioning? Olav Elgvin, PhD candidate at the Department for Comparative Politics at UiB, will present some initial findings from an ongoing field work.
Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning – Journal of Welfare Research – has recently published a special issue on "Crisis and continuity in the receoption of refugees in the Nordic countries" – Krise og kontinuitet i mottak av flyktninger i Norden. The special issue is edited by Susanne Bygnes og Marry-Anne Karlsen from IMER Bergen, who also have written a thorough topical introduction to the issue.
CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF MIGRATION RESEARCH AT UIB
On the 18th of March, an important conference will take place at UiB. Along with health and inequality, migration is one of the three focus areas within the University of Bergen's "global challenges" research agenda. But how should this migration research be organized? The leadership at UiB has invited prof. Hakan G. Sicakkan from IMER Bergen and The department of comparative politics to organize an internal symposium on migration, in order to explore the possibilities for interfacultary and transcisciplinary collaboration on this topic.
The symposium is titled The Transformative Consequences of International Migration, and will take place on the 18th of March. Following six main speakers, there will be a roundtable at the end of the day where the future organization fo migration research at UiB will be discussed. More details will follow. Keep the date.